Nothing Safe About Tobacco Smoke

A new report released by the Surgeon General confirms something that’s long been suspected:

any exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke is hazardous.

There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke. Any exposure to tobacco smoke – even an occasional cigarette or exposure to secondhand smoke – is harmful.

Damage occurs immediately, causing toxins to travel to every organ in the body. Smoking is linked to 85 percent of all lung cancers and nearly a third of all cancer deaths in the U.S. each year.

There is no such thing as a “safe” cigarette or safe level of exposure. Heart disease, stroke, permanent damage to the lungs in the form of COPD, a weakened immune system… the list of damage that smoking or second-hand smoke causes is long and pretty scary.

If you do smoke, how about making a resolution this New Year’s to give quitting a shot? It might take several attempts, but there are many programs, support groups, and methods that are known to work – from weekly meetings to nicotine patches provided by city or state health departments.

Most cities and counties offer their own local programs – call the health department in your area or 1-800-QUIT-NOW to get started on the road to better health this new year’s.

Following are some additional links to organizations and programs that can help:

American Heart Association

New York City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene

American Lung Association

QuitNet (find a local program in their database)

One comment on “Nothing Safe About Tobacco Smoke
  1. Thanks for writing about this important issue. Sadly, there are still many who think that smoking is an acceptable form of “relaxation.” Not only is cigarette smoke taking a toll on their own bodies, but on those of others.

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